Photo History: The History of Vernacular Photography

This course charts the progression of vernacular photography and the photographic “snapshot.” We will explore the history of how the camera became portable and accessible to everyday people rather than only professionals. And trace how mobility transformed the medium of photography and its use and value in our everyday lives. Students will learn about the invention of the “smile,” and discuss the idea of value in the “vernacular.” Additionally, this online course will conclude with a short photo project.

Attention: This class has been moved online in response to the growing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please register as you normally would, and Houston Center for Photography staff will update you with information and a link to take this course at it’s scheduled time. 

To participate in an online course, students will need access to a desktop, laptop, or tablet with an internet connection. If you have any questions about navigating our new system, please email education@hcponline.org for more information.

Registration & Fees:
$245 Regular price
Members enjoy a 20% discount


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Classes meet four Mondays:
October 26th, November 2nd, 9th, & 16th
2 - 4 pm (CST)

What to Bring to Class

Access to a computer with an internet connection


Erin Neve